The world of auto mechanics is heavily associated with men. Thankfully, we’re seeing more and more women picking up their spanners and getting involved. The mechanic’s job is highly technical and skilled, and the rewards are high. If you’ve been obsessing over the family car for years or flicking through auto mags, this job could be for you. You’ll handle the diagnosing of problems in customer’s cars. Then you’ll bring them back to full health.
If you’ve ever wondered how you could make a start in this career, this post will help. We spoke to many mechanics and got the lowdown on the best entry routes. It’s a fascinating, fulfilling (and dirty!) job, but you’ll love every second. Here’s how you can make your way into this profession.
Do you have a love of cars?
Much like any career, yours should be rooted in passion and excitement. Do you love the roar of a sports car engine? Do you love the curves of a classic Porsche? You’ll be dealing with vehicles all day and, trust us, there’s a lot of car talk in the garage! So, if you’re the girl with her head in all the car magazines and blogs, you will never lose your passion for this job. There is always new technology and emerging designs to keep things interesting.
Do you have a logical mind?
The core of a mechanic’s job is basic engineering. The best engineers have a rational mind that can deconstruct complex machinery and put it back together. All cars are built around the same basic engine structure, so after a while, you’ll quickly diagnose any problems. A sound understanding of maths, physics and chemistry could give you a head-start here.
You won’t necessarily need a degree to break into the mechanic world. However, you will need formal training. Many schools and colleges now offer a mechanic training program. Look at your local institutions for more information. There will be a mixture of class learning and on-the-job training. A mechanic’s job is very hands-on and requires physical experience. The more time you can spend in a garage, the better things will look on your resume.
Join as a trainee
Once you’ve obtained your initial training, it’s time to find a garage that needs a helping hand. You’ll first join as an apprentice or an intern. It’s the perfect way to hone your skills and make your first paycheck. You’ll be introduced to suppliers like Michelin tyres and CCTY Bearing, and start to build connections. You’ll begin to learn the intricacies of various car makes and models. After 2-5 years, you should complete this trainee work and become a fully qualified mechanic! Congratulations!
Get to grips with electronics
Before we go, we’ll leave you with a quick note. Modern cars are becoming more and more complex under the bonnet. Instead of simple mechanical engines, everything now runs through electric circuits. To make your mark in the future industry, you’ll need a core understanding of electronics. Build this into your early learning and use this knowledge to stand out.
There you have it, folks! Being a good mechanic is all about your logical mind and passion for cars. It is no longer just a job for the boys; this career is yours for the taking!